Frequently asked questions

What is involved?

Once I have received a signed Vet consent form we can begin treatments, I will come to your home.

The first treatment will involve full gait analysis and palpation, I will also gather some information on your dog's day to day life.

I will then perform a full body massage tailored to your dog's needs. Massage normally lasts between 40-50 mins and you can stay with your dog during the massage.

The first session will take a little longer in order for me to fully assess your dog.

What areas do you cover?

I will come to your home for your dog's massage sessions, and cover areas surrounding Slough including Uxbridge, Staines, Reading, Maidenhead, Bracknell, Windsor, Ascot, Wokingham, Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Wooburn Green, Langley, Beaconsfield and High Wycombe.

Canine massage, dog massage
How much does it cost?

Each treatment will be charged at £35 provided you are within 15 miles of Slough.

 

If you are further than 15 miles of Slough then a small fuel charge may apply, this can be agreed at the time of booking.

How often do you need to see my dog?

Catalyst Canine Massage Therapy respects the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemptions Order 2015 and therefore will not treat your dog without prior veterinary approval.

 

We have your dog's best interests in mind and if your Veterinarian does not feel your dog is suitable for massage therapy there will likely be a good reason for this.

How often do you need to see my dog?

We expect to see results in 1-3 sessions, so initially I would see your dog a maximum of 3 times. During this time we expect to see improvements with your dog's presenting issue such as lameness, stiffness or general mobility. If there are no improvements we will not continue to see your dog.

After the initial 1-3 sessions, for on going conditions such as Arthritis or Spondylosis it may be benificial to have maintenance massages to help with pain management or aid mobility. These may be once a month, once every couple of months or as often as you feel needed.

What if there is nothing wrong with my dog?

Almost any dog can benefit from massage therapy, maybe you have a very active dog or one that takes part in agility. It can be beneficial to have an occasional massage as it can detect any little issues, and address them before they become a bigger problem.

Will there be any side effects?

In the following 24-48 hours post massage your dog may experience some lethargy, increased thirst and the need to urinate. It is also possible that during this time they may have a temporary increase in muscle soreness. All of these symptoms are perfectly normal and are known as the "Healing Crisis", these signs show the body is cleansing itself between rebalancing and returning to homeostasis.